The festival of colours is finally here, and we are all prepping up to enjoy one of the most cheerful and fun occasions in our calendar despite the whole coronavirus scare. Followed by amazing food, dance and amazing colours, it may bring problems to your skin and hair. Even though you choose gulaal, you still need to protect your skin so that it doesn’t get damaged. Some of us avoid celebrating holi to protect our skin and hair from any chemical damage. Not protecting your hair or skin can lead to breakouts, inflammation, rashes, dryness of hair, hair fall and the list goes on.
The festival of colours seems likely to be damp this year due to the spread of coronavirus in India. 43 people have been tested positive in India for the disease. The growing scare has taken a fall on the celebration of Holi as well as the business. The World Health Organization and multiple reports have shown that human transmission can be possible.
Know these effective measures to protect yourself from this festival from novel coronavirus:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Scrub for at least 20 seconds to keep the infection at bay.
- Consult a doctor if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
- According to various studies, the incubation period of the virus is 2-14 days. So, asymptomatic people can also get infected and spread the infection which is why it is best to maintain distance and practice personal hygiene
- If you find an individual with the symptoms of fever, cough, and cold then avoid keeping in contact with them.
- A small celebration with your family members or group with no coronavirus symptoms would be better as that won’t increase the risk of getting a novel virus.
- Govt recently confirmed community transmission of coronavirus in India, which means people have been infected with the virus in an area so stay away from mass gatherings during Holi.
- While buying sweets from local shops during the festive season, check for smells and the surroundings. Make sure it is well maintained and hygienic
Keeping this aside, keeping care of your skin and hair is another task. The more precautions you take, the more hasslefree it will be:
- To close your pores, massage your face with ice as this will ensure that the colours do not penetrate deep in your skin or you can use a toner before stepping out to play Holi.
- Choose a moisturizer that goes with your skin type, for oily skin or acne-prone skin apply an oil-free moisturizing cream
- Avoid wearing makeup as they contain chemicals that might react with those in colours, leading to skin irritation.
- Apply water-proof sunscreen mixed with a few drops of baby oil on the face as well as other exposed parts.
- Apply oil behind your ears, neck, between your fingers, and near your nails.
- Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day because dehydrated skin is more prone to getting sunburned and affected by colours. This will also reduce the chances of the chemical colours drying up your skin.
- You can apply petroleum jelly on all the exposed areas that will later help you in removing the colours. A smooth, slippery skin won’t let the colours stick long on your skin.
- Avoid waxing, threading, bleaching on your skin or body 2-3 days before Holi to eliminate any possibility of chemical reaction on your skin.
- Apply a dark-coloured nail pain and cut short your nails so that the colours do not settle under your nails that might enter your body through contact with food. You could also use transparent nail polish.
- Covering up your body will ensure the least possible contact between the skin and colours. Wear full cloths to protect your skin from harsh sunlight
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- Tie your hair in a bun or to get yourself a headband to protect hair from tangling.
- Before playing Holi, apply a leave-in conditioner or hair serum that will be effective in protecting your hair from sun exposure and dryness caused by colours.
- Another tip is to rub a few drops of lemon on your scalp, diluted with some oil to prevent absorbing the colours.
- Wear a pair of sunglasses to protect eye irritation and infection from the colours that might get inside. Incase it enters your eye, resists the temptation to rub them and splash water immediately.
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